Next fall, The Stoops twins, Drake and Isaac, will prepare to go to different colleges and play on different teams for the first time. But for now, the twin sons of former University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops are relishing their senior season as standout wide receivers for Norman North High School.
“They are great kids,” Norman North coach Brent Barnes said. “They are a joy to coach. They do everything that you want.”
The Stoops twins, both 5-foot-10, will display their talents on The Ford Game of the Week on YurView and YurView.com at 7 p.m CT Friday when the Timberwolves (1-1), Class 6A-1 state finalists last year, face Edmond Santa Fe (2-1) at Norman High School.
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“That first game was pretty special for me playing in OU stadium,” Drake said. “That was pretty cool having a big performance like that.”
Ranked as one of the top receivers in Oklahoma, Drake said he is considering five Division 1 colleges – Western Kentucky, Air Force, Arkansas State, Ohio and Youngstown State – to play for next season.
For now, he’s concentrating on finishing strong for the Timberwolves. “I want to beat all my stats from last year and I want to win a state championship,” he said.
Barnes said Drake has a strong work ethic and does a lot of things well.
“He has unbelievable quickness especially in tight spaces,” he said. “He’s got a great burst. He runs great routes. He has an ability to really play the ball in the air.”
After playing the last two seasons as a cornerback, Isaac was moved to offense this season to join his brother as a receiver.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Isaac said of the move to offense. “I’ve loved playing offense. I’ve always played offense until my sophomore and junior year when they needed me to play corner.”
Barnes said Isaac has started off well as a wide receiver.
“He hasn’t had an eye-popping number game yet, but he’s been very consistent,” Barnes said. “He had four or five catches in both games and had a really nice run after the catch last week. He took it 38 yards for a touchdown.”
Isaac has received a scholarship offer from Army, but also is looking at other schools. “I like the coaches at Army, OBU (Oklahoma Baptist) and UCO,” he said. ”Everyone who has offered, I’ve enjoyed the coaching staff.”
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Both twins noted it will be weird not being on the same team as their brother for the first time, but are looking forward to their opportunities in college.
“We’ve always been together ever since we came out of the womb,” Isaac said. “We’ve always played together and done everything together. It will be different, but we don’t resent it.”
“It will be kind of different not having your identical twin there, but we’re both open to it,” Drake said. “We’ve spent enough time away from each other that we’ll be fine.”
They’ve also enjoyed getting constructive advice from their famous father, who resigned as OU coach in June after a successful 18-year run.
“He helps us out when he watches games or film.” Isaac said. “He’s good to have around. He’s been doing it forever.”
“He gives me little tips here and there,” Drake said, “but other than that he’s a pretty normal dad.”
Barnes said his team is eager to rebound from the loss to Yukon, which had lost 14 straight games but is much improved from last year.
“Yukon, if I had to guess, I think they will be close to .500 or better and have a chance to be in the playoffs,” he said. “I think they are a top eight team in the state of Oklahoma right now. We had the lead with a couple of minutes left and couldn’t finish.”
Watch as Norman North tries to rebound from their upset loss to Yukon as they take on Edmond Sante Fe in the Ford Game of the Week Friday night at 7PM CT on YurView and YurView.com.